Making learning fun is one of my mottos for creative education. This motto is exactly what drew me to the book Games for Learning. This book gives lots of ideas for games to play with pre-schoolers through third grade. These games help children develop academic skills.
I have always loved to play cards. In fact, for my seventh birthday, my parents bought me 32 decks of cards!!* So, I have been anxiously awaiting the time when my kids are old enough to enjoy a game of cards with me. Crazy 8s. The time has come where now two of my girls
We are 75% done with our memory work. This is a good week to review and apply previous concepts – especially with science and English grammar.
In the last few weeks of our grammar class, we have learned about indirect objects, direct objects, objects of the preposition, object complement nouns, and object complement adjectives. My students can figure some of these out when the pattern is predictable, but are they able to apply what they learned when the sentence patterns are
How do you keep the kids from going stir-crazy while waiting at the doctors’ office, while waiting in the car, or while they are bored somewhere that is not too kid-friendly? Here are top five educational games we do, that require little if any props: The classic Eye Spy Game. Take turns ‘spying’ an object in
Does it seem odd to you to teach probability during our science experiment time? It seems more like a math topic, right? Science and math are truly integrated (chemistry, physics, etc all involve math). However, it helps to know how science and probability are connected. Understanding odds helps us in the discussion of origins. During
Since we refer to our 100 chart so often, I laminated it. Here are a few of the fun ways we do math – hands on and using visuals to make math concepts come alive. Counting! Of course, you can use it for counting. Point to the numbers as you go. But, to make it
Before teaching grammar, I had never heard of object complement nouns or object complement adjectives. I didn’t recognize it as a sentence pattern. But when I had to teach it, I realized these sentences were EVERYWHERE. To me, the funny one was “These pretzels are making me thirsty!” My kids recognize this from the TV
[This post includes affiliate links.] “Dump trucks are good at dump, dump, dumping, carrying heavy loads, lifting and tipping, out fall the rocks, CRASH, rumbling and tumbling, they can work all day. These words are stuck in my head! Why? These are the words my three year old chants all the time, from her library
Learning Latin for Cycle 3, Semester 2, our community is using this song to help us learn John 1 in Latin. If you have 5th and 6th graders, I would recommend looking at this article. It has ideas for preparing your kids for Challenge, especially in the areas of Latin and Geography. I have